Should you visit Cordoba or Cafayate?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Cordoba or Cafayate, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.
Cordoba is the capital of the Cordoba province and the second largest city in all of Argentina. The city is in a beautiful setting surrounded by valleys and hills. Within the city you will find many colonial buildings and beautiful architecture. Cordoba also has many universities and scientific institutes, giving it the nickname "La Docta." Because of the large number of students, Cordoba's population is young and active, which keeps the atmosphere light and fun.
Cafayate is located in the province of Salta, in the central zone of the Valles Calchaquies. The small town has about 12,000 residents and is 1,329 kilometers from Buenos Aires.
People head to the small town of Cafayate to explore its vineyards and unique rock formations. It has become an important tourist destination in the area and there is a large golf course under construction just outside of town.
Cafayate is an important wine production center. The wines in the area thrive from the low humidity mild weather of the valleys. The town receives less than 250 millimeters of precipitation a year.
Which city is cheaper, Cafayate or Cordoba?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Cordoba is $61, while the average daily cost in Cafayate is $86. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Cordoba and Cafayate in more detail.
The prices for places to stay in Cordoba can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $22, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $44.
Double occupancy rooms typically run around $64 in Cafayate For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.
Food in Cordoba costs travelers about $28 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
While meal prices in Cafayate can vary, the average travelers spends about $35 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Cafayate should cost around $14 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Cafayate is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Cordoba
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Cordoba:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cordoba
For Cordoba, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Cordoba Spanish Cooking Class & Market Tour:
Typical Food prices in Cafayate
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Cafayate:
To get around in Cordoba, the average visitor spends $15 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Cafayate than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $18 on transportation in Cafayate on average per day.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Cordoba
Some typical examples of transportation costs in Cordoba are as follows:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cordoba
Also for Cordoba, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Transfer: Cordoba to Córdoba Airport (ODB):
Private Transfer: Córdoba Airport (ODB) to Cordoba:
Cordoba to Seville Private Transfer:
Private Transfer from Córdoba to Malaga (AGP) Airport:
Cordoba to Granada Private Transfer:
Private transfer from/to Cordoba to/from Malaga:
Cordoba Private Arrival Transfer:
Private Transfer IN or OUT in Upscale Vehicle with Professional Driver:
Cordoba Private Departure Transfer:
Private transfer in Cordoba from Airport or Train Station:
Transfer in private minivan from Cordoba to Ingeniero Ambrosio Taravella Airport:
Private Airport Transfer: Cordoba to Ingeniero Ambrosio Taravella Airport (COR):
In Cordoba, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $14 per person, per day.
Sightseeing expenses in Cafayate, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $38 per day, per person.
Tours and Activities in Cordoba
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Cordoba.
2-Night Cordoba Experience: City Tour and Arabian Spa Entrance:
3-Hour Tour from Cordoba to the Site of Medina Azahara:
3-day Andalucia Tour: Seville & Granada from Cordoba:
Adventure in the hills of Cordoba:
Alcazar Skip the Line Guided Tour:
Alhambra Private Tour from with transport and skip-the-line-tickets:
Arabian Baths Experience at Cordoba’s Hammam Al Ándalus:
Authentic Patios of Cordoba Guided Tour:
Best of Cordoba Guided Tour:
Bike Tour Córdoba:
Calamuchita WineTour x 2 Pax:
Caroya WineTour x 2 Pax:
Tours and Activities in Cafayate
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Cafayate.
Cachi Full-Day Tour:
Cafayate and Calchaqui Valley Winery Tour:
From Salta: Full-Day Wine and Valley Tour to Cafayate:
Half-Day Wine Road Premium Tour From Cafayate:
Quebrada De Las Conchas Bike Tour from Cafayate:
Tour Quebrada De Las Conchas - Cafayate - Salta:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Cordoba, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $11.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Cafayate, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $36.
Sample the Local Flavors in Cordoba
Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Cordoba:
Evening Wine Tasting Córdoba:
Cordoba Mezquita Tour with Wine Tasting:
Córdoba Rooftop Experience with Wine Tasting:
Wine Tour Privado - Calamuchita:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Cordoba and Cafayate, we can see that Cafayate is more expensive. And not only is Cordoba much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Cordoba would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Cordoba and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Cafayate would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Cafayate than you might in Cordoba.
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